What is Ankle Arthritis?
Ankle Arthritis can be broken down into three major types: Rheumatoid, Osteoarthritis, and Post-traumatic arthritis. Simply put, arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your points. This can cause stiffness and pain in any joint in the body and is most common in the small joints of the foot and ankle. Our Richmond foot & ankle specialist, Dr. Anson Chu, is your expert to treat ankle arthritis.
While there is no cure for arthritis pain there are many treatment options available to slow the progression of arthritis and relieve symptoms. Symptoms of arthritis vary depending on the affected joint, but you may experience:
- Pain with motion/movement
- Pain that flares up with activity
- Tenderness when pressure is applied
- Increased swelling in the joints
- Difficulty in walking/moving
There are many forms of arthritis (over 100 types), most of which affect the foot and ankle as they may make it difficult to walk and perform everyday activities you enjoy. That is why the correct diagnosis is vital to get started on the right treatment plan and get you back to the activities you love.
An early-stage ankle arthritis treatment may consist of a combination of physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and bracing. Other treatment options for symptom control may be viable such as cortisone injections. All options can be discussed with our specialist and they will exhaust all methods before recommending surgical intervention for your ankle arthritis.
At G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, you won’t be shuffled from doctor to doctor. Our practice focuses on individualized treatment plans in a comfortable and safe environment as they are individually created by our Foot & Ankle Expert: Dr. Anson Chu and Knee & Shoulder Expert: Dr. Vic Goradia.
A bit more about Dr. Chu. He is a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon committed to finding the best treatment plan best suited for you on a case by case basis. Dr. Chu stays up to date with the latest foot and ankle research to find the best approach to fit your lifestyle goals. Read his full bio here: https://g2orthopedics.com/meet-dr-chu/
Why G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine?
Your ankles are too important to compromise their care with the wrong diagnosis. Request an appointment with our specialist online or give us a call at (804)-678-9000 to get an appointment to treat ankle arthritis.